Is The Schuberth C5 A World-Class Helmet? (Let’s Find Out)


We’ve waited for such a long time to hold this helmet in our hands, and we’re so happy that it’s finally got to test it out. The Schuberth C5 is an all-new tour modular helmet with modern features and specifications. This is the schuberth C5. The long-awaited successor to the tried and tested C3 helmet, at least if we ignore the controversial C4.

Schuberth brought out the original C4 helmet around four years ago. It was a promising update to the C3 that sadly did not deliver the performance that we’d hoped and expected. 

Maybe you remember the pinlock incident. Although Schuberth swapped the pinlock anti-fog lenses for their cheaper creation, it didn’t work.

There was also an issue with the chin ventilation button, which would fall off quite easily. 

These issues were all fixed with the release of the new C4 pro, which was improved, but it still wasn’t blowing us away.

It is now time for a new flip-up helmet, and I’m so excited to present to you the new Schuberth C5. a helmet designed from the ground up with many good specifications and functions.

The following is something you’re going to hear me say quite a lot in the future. But the ECE 2206 certification is one of the most important innovations in the land of helmets.

Motorcycle helmets are tested according to stricter rules that raise the bar of helmet manufacturers.

For example, they have added a rotational force test with accessories such as a sun visor or integrated communication system. Great news for all of us bikers because this makes our helmets safer.

You’ve probably already guessed it, but the Schuberth C5 is one of the first high-end new helmets to feature this safety certification.

Something that goes hand in hand with the new certification is the P/J homologation. You’ll be able to lock the chin bar into place into the open position allowing you to ride on public roads with this configuration.

The C5 is the very first shield of the helmet with this option. However, competitors such as the Shoei Neotec 2 and the Nolan N105 have had this function for some years now.

Outer Shell

The helmet’s outer shell is made according to the direct fiber processing method, which is nothing new, but it is new that the fiberglass outer shell has now been reinforced with one layer of carbon fiber.

This is good for the helmet’s strength, but it also helps keep its weight down a little bit.

The helmet weighs around 16 hundred and forty grams in the smallest shell size, which is fine for this type of lid.

Speaking of shell sizes. This helmet comes in two outer shell sizes, which I don’t understand for this price. I can’t think of any other helmet in this price category that only comes in two shell sizes, and I think that the next model should have at least three.

The more shell sizes a helmet has, the smaller and lighter the helmet will be in smaller sizes, which makes sense.

That’s also better for the helmet’s fit, although I have to admit that this helmet does have a very good fit and shape. Much more true to the c3 and more comfortable than the c4.

Interior

the material feels soft and premium, so I wouldn’t worry too much about comfort when choosing this helmet,

The inner lining is now also much easier to remove. It even has a function that allows you to seal off the ventilation holes on the shell’s inside. a kind of winter option if you like.

There should be an interesting new concept coming out with this helmet. The system is called Schuberth individual, and it appears to be a sort of DIY custom fit system inspired by Shoei’s extensive personal fitting system.

We know that it will be possible to adjust the fit and shape of the helmet to your preference and head shape with additional pads.

Everybody has a different head, and with this system, it will be possible for more riders to have a good comfortable helmet to ride with. 

The position of the chin strap has been improved. In addition, there is a completely new neck roll at the bottom of the helmet.

Schuberth once had the quietest helmets on the market until the Shoei neotec tool came along to steal their limelight.

The question now is how the new C5 will block out wind noise and such. We will be looking into this in the future and letting YOU KNOW.

Aerodynamics

The c5 has an improved aerodynamic shell and goes back to the core design of the extremely successful C3.

Compared to the C4, the helmet seems to have gotten more compact again. I think this helmet looks like a combination between the Schuberth C4 and the Nolan N105, which is quite a compliment as both of these lids are nice-looking.

Face Shield

Of course, the German helmet manufacturer has chosen to use a large visor with great viewing angles, which is very comfortable while riding. 

Using a cheaper anti-fog lens was a mistake and has not been made again. This helmet comes with a max vision pin log 120 lenses to prevent you from having a foggy visor.

Another great new feature on the C5 helmet is the memory function system on the visor, which is a patented system, so don’t go stealing it.

It means that if you open the visor and then open the chin bar, the visor will stir in the same place when you close the chin bar, so it remembers where it was. This is handy, but then again, it’s not difficult to adjust the visor while riding.

Ventilation

The ventilation on this helmet is much more extensive than on the C4. I also think that all panels and sliders feel steadier, which is a welcome improvement.

There is now also a double air inlet on the chin, which directs air upwards along with the visor and offers direct-to-mouth ventilation.

The filter that filters the air is replaceable, and I’ve been told that it helps battle new viruses. I’m not entirely sure about that. At the back of the helmet, we’re seeing a large air outlet to allow the warm air to be sucked out in the vacuum area keeping your head cool at all times.

Communication System

A very important feature for tour riders is preparing for a communication system and not just any system.

The C5 features the most impressive integrated system that I’ve seen on any helmet so far. And as you may be familiar with the c4 helmet, the c5 comes pre-installed with all kinds of speakers and antennas wiring. You name it.

The module’s installation is a walk in the park, a very short walk in the pack, but it is a very serious module.

The new Schuberth C2 is based on the Cena 50s system, which means this helmet has the mesh 2.0 system, and that’s cool because it means you can have a group mesh intercom conversation with up to 24 riders and open mesh intercom conversations with an unlimited amount of riders.

Talk time with this system will be about 8 hours when using the mesh system and around 12 hours for a regular Bluetooth intercom.

The control panel is now much easier to use, and it’s in a much more suitable place on the helmet. At the side instead of the back.

The sc2 system also features voice control support for Siri and Google assistant. The set comes with a boom microphone which I’m really happy to see; you can install it by clicking it into place at the side of the helmet.

So much better than the small side mic used on the c4 pro helmets. This microphone can be positioned directly in front of your mouth.

It won’t take you a minute to install this state-of-the-art communication module and microphone. Everything has been prepared, so it’s really easy. My hat goes off to Schuberth and Senna. 

It’s obvious that Schuberth has put itself back on the map with this up-to-date communication system and a new helmet. 

We are very impressed with what they have come up with and delivered, and we’re excited to try out the helmet for ourselves.

They’re making up for lost time which is so necessary and, to be honest, quite overdue.

The helmet costs a little bit more than the C4 pro for a solid color, you’re looking at 629 euros, and for a design, you’re going to be looking at 729 euros.

The sc2 communication system costs 349 euros. Not exactly cheap, but you will be getting a legendary tour helmet with a lot of comfort in return.

What are the pros and cons of the Schuberth C5?

Pros:

  • It has a wider field of vision, so it is easier to see what’s going on around you.
  • The helmet is made of a top-notch material that makes it very durable.
  • The price is reasonable and not too expensive.

Cons:

  • There are two different sizes, one for the rider and one for the passenger. This makes it difficult to find a size that fits both people.
  • It has a little bit of an overhang at the back of the head, making wearing a helmet feel uncomfortable after a while.

In Conclusion

The Schuberth C5 Helmet is a motorcycle helmet that would work for people who ride both on and off-road motorcycles, but might not be up to speed for racing purposes.

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